Injuries have become a hot topic at Brooklyn Nets training camp as the team moves toward their first preseason games. The Nets played the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night at legendary Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City to begin their preseason schedule.
Josh Childress sat out one practice this week with a leg contusion. Jerry Stackhouse has been out for a few days with soreness in his right knee and Tyshawn Taylor saw his first practice late this week. Taylor missed the entire first week with a strained right quad problem.
Childress saw good minutes in the opener with the second unit while Stackhouse and Taylor did not see the court.
One person who did not play in the opener was second year player MarShon Brooks. Brooks is dealing with tendinitis in his right foot and has been shut down for 7 to 10 days. Brooks will be in a walking boot for a few more days and will then be reevaluated by the team.
Brooks has set goals for himself this year and being the Sixth Man of the Year is one of many.
These minor injuries are not a concern for coach Avery Johnson as he and the Nets training staff have and will continue to be extra cautious in the preseason. The key is to have everyone healthy when the games start to count.
NYPost.com quoted Avery Johnson:
“The doctor has him in a boot for precautionary [reasons], let the tendinitis just settle down a little bit. If he comes out of the boot in two days, we rehab him for two days and condition him, then maybe he can play at the end of next week, maybe that last preseason game at Nassau [Coliseum], but that’s just a really conservative estimate.”
The injury to Brooks will allow Johnson to use a lineup that he is intrigued by in the early part of camp which includes Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and CJ Watson seeing the floor together in a smaller unit. This lineup will give the Nets many options to go with at specific times in the game and a way to change tempo.
Watson has been a pleasant surprise in camp to date and Johnson sees many options for the team using Watson. Keep an eye on this lineup Nets fans.
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